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Setting up workstation on netware 3.12 (workstation running Windows 95)

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I am trying to set up a workstation running Windows 95 on a network using Novell 3.12.
I would like to know how to set it up so that it would automatically boot up to the server instead of Windows 95.
Do I need to make changes in the Autoexec.bat, Config.sys, and or do I need to attach any log-in info on the workstation.
Since we are running mostly DOS based programs on the server, will this make a diffrence for us.
Any help greatly appreciated.
Erik
emaenpaa@postoffice.ptd.net
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    By "booting up to the server", I am assuming you mean the DOS based Novell login prompt. I have set this up several times before. If you are running win95 then it is best if you do not load any drivers in your config.sys. So, it would be best if you left it empty except for the line "last drive = z" or whatever your last drive is, so that the vlm's or netx will be able to load and give you a network drive, usually F:. Keep your autoexec.bat clean except for then network drivers (lsl,3c5x9,ipxodi,vlm) or whatever your drivers are. You can load all of the needed network drivers and then run login from the autoexec.bat. With it set up like this, you will be given a DOS based Novell login prompt. After the login scrpit runs, you will be thrown into windows95. If that is not where you want to be, but would rather be at a dos prompt and still logged in to the server, then you have to make sure win95 gives you the menu screen when it is booting up, so that you can pick 'DOS prompt only' from the menu. (If you pres f8 it will do this, but there is a way to force it every time. I don't have my book with me, but if you email me, I'll send it to you.) Anyway, thats just about all you have to do to set up a dos based novell login. If you go into windows95 after the login, and you don't have anything loaded in you network properties, you will still be give n access to all of the network drives. However, you won't be able to print (to a network printer). You need to have at least the Novell Netware shell 3.x and above (found in the microsoft clients section) to print to a printer. Anyway, try that and see if it works.
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